Configurations: Critical Studies of World Politics (Series)

Configurations: Critical Studies of World Politics seeks to publish the best social-scientific monographs that explain important global phenomena by examining the way that different elements come together—or are configured—to produce outcomes or contextualize practices. Whether causal or interpretive, and regardless of substantive focus, studies in this series utilize a wide variety of theoretical frameworks and operational techniques in order to empirically account for significant aspects of world politics broadly understood, with attention to formal and informal actors alike. Works in the series are committed to producing case-specific explanations that are something other than idiosyncratic accounts.

Configurations also seeks to develop and demonstrate novel research approaches that will allow scholars to connect the formal and informal realms of politics, and to disclose the political import of a wide array of activities—including meaning-making activities and the negotiation of everyday patterns of authority and control—appropriate to an increasingly globalized world. It is therefore open to studies of “governance” alongside “government,” everyday cultural practices alongside authoritative declarations of policy, and the inter-personal alongside the inter-state. Micro and macro analyses are welcome. To submit a manuscript proposal, please contact the series editor.

Series Editor
Patrick Thaddeus Jackson, Professor of International Studies in the School of International Service and Chair of the Department of Global Inquiry, American University (

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Cosmopolitan Imaginaries and International Disorder

Exploring why attempts to construct a cosmopolitan order tend to be followed by greater forces of division and disorder

Expedition Escape from the Classroom

Political Outings on the Campus and the Anxiety of Teaching IR

Breaking out of the classroom to explore how international relations manifest on campus

Chasing Greatness

On Russia's Discursive Interaction with the West over the Past Millennium

How a millennia idealizing political greatness has affected Russia

Decisiveness and Fear of Disorder

Political Decision-Making in Times of Crisis

Examines how the need to appear decisive becomes the paramount consideration for politicians in crisis situations

The Politics of Military Force

Antimilitarism, Ideational Change, and Post-Cold War German Security Discourse

Examines the dynamics of discursive change that made participation in military operations possible against the background of German antimilitarist culture

Decency and Difference

Humanity and the Global Challenge of Identity Politics

A critical examination of the many difficulties and possibilities of advancing decency in world politics

State of Translation

Turkey in Interlingual Relations

Mistranslation and understanding constructs international relationships

Angry Public Rhetorics

Global Relations and Emotion in the Wake of 9/11

Explores the power of anger in how rhetoric can motivate-or hinder-public perceptions of events

The Politics of Intimacy

Rethinking the End-of-Life Controversy

The intimacy of dying reveals the conflict between individuals and the institutions that rule their beliefs

The Distinction of Peace

A Social Analysis of Peacebuilding

Investigates both the creation of the peacebuilding field and what the field reveals about global relations

India China

Rethinking Borders and Security

An inspiring reconception of the India-China border as a space for the fluid exchange of culture, trade, and government

The Politics of Expertise

Competing for Authority in Global Governance

A groundbreaking analysis that sheds new light on global governance

Making Human

World Order and the Global Governance of Human Dignity

An International Relations scholar examines the processes by which formerly denigrated peoples become recognized as human beings worthy of rights and dignity

The Politics of Subjectivity in American Foreign Policy Discourses

An intriguing look at the role of affect, identity, and discourse in world politics and in the context of recent U.S. foreign policy

Britain and World Power since 1945

Constructing a Nation's Role in International Politics

After the fall of its empire, Britain still holds sway

Capital, the State, and War

Class Conflict and Geopolitics in the Thirty Years' Crisis, 1914-1945

Tracing how the emergence of global capitalism gave rise to the Thirty Years' Crisis

Securing the Sacred

Religion, National Security, and the Western State

By treating religion as a key security concern, Western democracies may be undermining their safety

Atrocity, Deviance, and Submarine Warfare

Norms and Practices during the World Wars

In an era of changing ethics, the submarine has inaugurated a new type of unrestricted naval warfare